Picking up the 60 rubbish bags with Coast Guards

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In the last report the clean-up was mentioned and how we had collected a lot of bags but were not able to dispose of them in any sensible way. Again many thanks to the crew of SY Byamee, SY Volo, SY Baltic Sun and other sailors and locals participating in the clean up event (see last report).
So Dario contacted the Michele Khan, the Consulate General of Switzerland. Without any hesitation he contacted the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Jack Warner who immediately contacted the Chief of Defence Staff, Commander Kenrick Maharaj. Commander Kenrick Maharaj organised that the Commander of the Coast Guards contacted us directly, so we could decide on the further plan of action.
On the 2nd of Jan 2013 we were picked up from Peake Yacht Services and taken to the army base nearby. There an officer welcomed us and told us the boats would be ready in a short while.
After all of us had put on life jackets we were ready to set off. Even though the life jackets were far too big for the kids they were extremely happy because the boat was really fast boat- it had two motors! 2013-01-02_trinidad_coast-guard-boat.JPG
Within no time we arrived in Scotland Bay and all jumped off the boat eager to show the coast guards the large pile of rubbish bags. 2013-01-02_trinidad_coast-guard-clean-up-dario.JPG
Everyone lent a hand to get all the 54 bags on the empty boat accompanying us. In the end the extra boat was quite full and the piled had diminished to a few leaves.
On the way back we also got to meet Lieutenant Commander Jean-Baptiste Kirk (Public Relations Officer) who was very positive about the whole project.
We are very thankful to all that helped and cooperated with us in order to make this whole clean-up such a success. It was great to get such good support from the local authorities and we hope the local people will follow this example and look after their wonderful country a little more by not littering so much in the future.
The haul out went well and we have started working on all the things that need to be done. We would like to thanks Peake Yacht Services for sponsoring the haul out and assisting us so well with all the work. 2013-01-02_trinidad-pys_pachamama-on-land.JPG
Their support is very valuable to us, seeing as Peake Yacht Services will be so to say our base camp for this first figure of eight circumference of the Americas. Their assistance will be a large help to accomplish this world record.

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